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Harold C. Fox

December 5, 2016

Harold C. Fox, 92, Graves St., Clayton passed away at his home on Monday, December 5, 2016

A calling hour will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., 320 John St., Clayton on Saturday from 4:30 - 5:15PM followed by the funeral service at 5:30PM with Pastor Thomas Augliano, River Community Church, presiding. Burial in Ogdensburg Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.

Harold was born in Ogdensburg on January 12, 1924, son of Harold W. and Evelyn Foster Fox. He was a graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy, received his B. S. in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson College and his Masters in Education from St. Lawrence University.

He enlisted in the US Army on December 14, 1942, serving actively from April 1, 1943 until his honorable discharge on February 26, 1946 as a Staff Sergeant. He received the World War II Victory, Good Conduct, American Service, and Asiatic Pacific Service Medals.

On November 21, 1950 he married Lu Dodge at First Presbyterian Church, Ogdensburg and Mrs. Fox died August 12, 2015.

Mr. Fox was a high school teacher at Thousand Islands Central School, serving the district for 28 years until his retirement in 1987. During his teaching years, he worked summers for U. S. Customs. He was a member of Clayton First Baptist Church and a former member of both the American Legion Colon Couch Post 821 in Clayton and the Masonic Lodge in Ogdensburg. He enjoyed all sports, especially baseball, which he coached during his time at Thousand Islands Central.

He is survived by his two children, Thomas D. Fox and wife, Gail Witherspoon, Blacksburg, VA and Bonny A. Halsted and husband, David, Hemlock; four grandchildren, Kathleen and Derek Fox and Kaitlin and Connor Halsted.

Donations in his name may be made to TIERS, PO Box 524, Clayton, NY 13624 or Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St. Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#14 Diane Reff Morinigo 2016-12-11 21:53
My condolences to the family. I had Mr. Fox as a geometry teacher and he and my uncle would sometimes play tennis against Scott and I. I think they always won. Remember all the good times.
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#13 Tim LaLonde 2016-12-10 12:30
To the Fox family-

Mr. Fox was one of my most memorable teachers and to echo many of the previous comments even a better guy. Always had an upbeat attitude no matter what. I remember scrimmaging against him and other teachers during basketball season. Out thoughts are with you.
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#12 Richard Boyce 2016-12-09 11:49
I had the pleasure of spending many summers working with Harold. He was of the nicest men I've ever known. His love of his family shone through in our conversations. God bless you all.
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#11 SusieChambersMitchel 2016-12-09 11:16
So many fond memories of your family and times visiting Lu's warm kitchen. Both Harold and Lu were always smiling and warm hearted. I will miss seeing both of them at the gym and the grocery store. God bless their sweet souls.
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#10 Carl Kirkland 2016-12-08 19:53
Sorry for Your loss.k
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#9 Pat and Pete Ledoux 2016-12-08 19:50
Pete worked with Harold and had respect for him as a fellow teacher. Harold always had a positive attitude and he and Lu were such a kind and loving couple. They will be missed!
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#8 Jeff LaComb 2016-12-08 11:06
Bonny and Tom, So sorry to hear about your father, Sonny was a great friend of the family and will always remember him and his fantastic laugh and smile. A true man of the 'Greatest Generation'!
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#7 John Penrose 2016-12-08 09:55
As a teaching colleague, an individual who shared much about the science discipline with me and as a friend who I never heard say a bad word about anyone-Harold was indeed a very kind person and a true professional as an educator. I worked side by side with him for many years at Thousand Islands Central and always marveled at the way he kept an even temperament no matter the situation. He will be missed for so many different reasons but maybe most notably for his kind and caring demeanor. My condolences to the Fox family.
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#6 Barbara LaClair Owen 2016-12-08 09:44
Condolences to the family of Harold Fox. He was such a nice man and I will miss him.
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#5 Walter Gardziel 2016-12-08 08:25
My deepest sympathy to Harold’s family on his passing. Harold was my friend. We played tennis together on Sunday mornings. There was four of us that would got together to play. Now the tennis was fun but Harold's banter of putting humor in to our play was the real reason I kept coming back. It was not serious tennis even though we all tried to win but the comradery was way more important. I missed those games as we all got a little too old to play not for the tennis but for the laughter and conversations with Harold. Harold was always a person you left the conversation with a smile on your face and happiness in your heart.
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